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Plenary Speaker
Reed Noss

Session Keynote Speakers
Thomas Lovejoy, Thomas Hoctor, Daniel Simberloff


March 7th, 2017:
Evening Reception, Poster Session, and Plenary Presentation
Cohen Center, 2nd floor
Only $25 to register for the Plenary Night ONLY.
Register NOW to attend the entire conference!

March 8th, 2017:
Full day session
Edwards Hall
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March 9th, 2017:
Morning session
Edwards Hall
Register NOW to attend the entire conference!


Share important science on biodiversity conservation;

Emphasize the relevance of biodiversity loss to restoration projects, ecosystem services, economic and social issues;

Elevate dialogue on biodiversity among scientists, educators and policy makers.

Conference Format: Opening Plenary presentation by Reed Noss. Three sessions with six to eight presentations each, organized around three themes relevant to Florida ecosystems: climate change, exotic invasion and habitat fragmentation. A keynote presentation by a prominent scientist will start each session.


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Conference Speakers


Reed Noss

Plenary Speaker: Reed Noss

"Florida: The Hottest Spot in an Unexpected Global Diversity Hotspot"


Reed Noss is Provost's Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. He received a B.S. degree in Education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. degree in ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Biology and President of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current and recent research projects include studies of the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to sea-level rise; climate adaptation strategies; disturbance ecology; road ecology; and ecosystem conservation and restoration. He has more than 300 publications, including eight books. His most recently published book is Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (Island Press, 2013). His current book, Evolutionary Ecology of Fire in Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain, is in press with University Press of Florida, with publication expected in late 2017.



Thomas Lovejoy

Climate Change Session Keynote Speaker: Thomas Lovejoy

Thomas Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who coined the term "biological diversity". He serves as Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation. In 2010 he was elected University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. He served as President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment from 2002-2008 and was the Biodiversity Chair of the Center from 2008-2013. Before assuming this position, Lovejoy was the World Bank's Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. Spanning the political spectrum, Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. At the core of these many influential positions are Lovejoy's seminal ideas, which have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. He was the first to use the term "biological diversity" in 1980. In the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world's tropical rainforests, and in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965. In 1980 he produced the first projection of global extinctions for the Global 2000 Report to the President. Lovejoy also developed the now ubiquitous "debt-for-nature" swap programs and led the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project. With two co-edited books (1992 and 2005), he is credited with founding the field of climate change biology. He and Lee Hannah are working on the Second Edition of Climate Change and Biodiversity. He also founded the series Nature, the popular long-term series on public television. In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. In 2009 he was the winner of BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Category. In 2009 he was appointed Conservation Fellow by the National Geographic. In 2012 he was recognized by the Blue Planet Prize. Lovejoy holds B.S. and Ph.D (biology) degrees from Yale University.



Thomas Lovejoy

Habitat Session Keynote Speaker: Thomas Hoctor

Tom Hoctor is director of the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning. He completed a B.A. in History and Science at Harvard University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Conservation Biology and Landscape Ecology at the University of Florida. Dr. Hoctor's research interests include the application of landscape ecology and conservation biology to regional planning, greenway and wildlife corridor design, large carnivore ecology and conservation, focal species habitat modeling, and GIS applications in conservation planning. He has served as a principal or co-principal investigator on many regional-scale conservation analysis and planning projects including the Florida Ecological Greenways Network, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Southeastern Ecological Framework, The Nature Conservancy's Florida ecoregional planning process, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's South Florida Multi-Species and Ecosystem Recovery Implementation Team and Panther Subteam, the Florida Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Cooperative Conservation Blueprint. Current projects include the Florida Ecological Greenways Network, the Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project 4.0 Update, the Identification of Florida Air Force Installation Landscape Conservation Priorities project, working with the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Landscape Conservation Design for two Florida National Wildlife Refuges, and statewide habitat modeling for both the Florida panther and gopher tortoise.




Thomas Lovejoy

Invasion Session Keynote Speaker: Daniel Simberloff

Daniel Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Tennessee. He received his A.B. (1964) and Ph.D. (1968) from Harvard University and was a faculty member at Florida State University from 1968 through 1997, when he joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. His publications number ca. 500 and center on ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation biology; much of his research focuses on causes and consequences of biological invasions. His research projects are on insects, plants, fungi, birds, and mammals. At the University of Tennessee he directs the Institute for Biological Invasions. He is editor-in-chief of Biological Invasions, senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (2012), author of Invasive Species: What Everyone Needs to Know (2013), and is a member of the editorial board for several other journals. He served on the United States National Science Board 2000-2006. In 2006 he was named Eminent Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America, in 2012 he won the Margalef Prize for research in ecology, and in 2015 he won the Wallace Prize of the International Biogeography Society. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.